In our middle school this week, students dove into their new classes with activities like writing reflections in English, an exploration of Mayan technology in history, verb practice and geography games in Spanish, and a performance of a rock music video version of the alphabet in French. As students read, reflected, listened, danced and sang, some portion of each of these activities was facilitated by access to technology.
In our Middle School, we ask that students bring a laptop each day to use as needed. In some classes, the laptop may be used frequently, such as for writing and collaborating with classmates in Google Drive, for watching videos, for recording their spoken answers to reflection prompts, or for documenting their goals and progress on a project. In other classes, devices may be used less frequently, but kept as a resource for use as needed or at home.
In order to support our students in learning how to use these devices with ease to access school resources, we introduced new students to essential tools during our Middle School Orientation. Sixth grade students and other students new to Viewpoint’s Middle School will meet in their Information Literacy classes or I Block Technology groups to learn the digital and information literacy and organizational skills that will support their learning. In addition, all students will discuss in their Advisory groups our guidelines for Responsible Technology Use, and will sign a form on myViewpoint to confirm their understanding and agreement to abide by our LARK Agreement (Legal, Appropriate, Responsible and Kind). Parents will also receive a copy of this form to read and sign, indicating their understanding of our expectations for responsible technology use.
Part of our students’ growth is practicing independence and learning to make choices. This is done with the support of purposeful curriculum to help students develop their skills, and with our school community guidelines to support responsible decision-making and a positive community. We thank you, parents, for your partnership in this endeavor!